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threatening

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of threatening

  1. 1 giving signs of immediate occurrence <economists warning of a threatening recession> Synonyms impending, looming, pending, imminentRelated Words approaching, coming, forthcoming, future, near, nearing, oncoming, upcoming; brewing, gathering; likely, possible, probable; inevitable, unavoidable; apocalyptic (also apocalyptical), lowering, menacing, ominous, portentous; anticipated, awaited, expected, foreseen, predictedNear Antonyms distant, far-off, remote; eventual, ultimate; bygone, former, past; late, recent

  2. 2 being or showing a sign of evil or calamity to come <a threatening silence followed the loud thump in the adjoining motel room> Synonyms baleful, dire, direful, doomy, foreboding, ill, ill-boding, inauspicious, menacing, minatory, portentous, sinister, ominousRelated Words black, bleak, cheerless, chill, Cimmerian, cloudy, cold, comfortless, dark, darkening, depressing, depressive, desolate, dim, disconsolate, dismal, drear, dreary, dreich [chiefly Scottish], elegiac (also elegiacal), forlorn, funereal, gloomy, glum, godforsaken, gray (also grey), lonely, lonesome, lugubrious, miserable, morbid, morose, murky, plutonian, saturnine, sepulchral, somber (or sombre), sullen, sunless, tenebrific, tenebrous, wretched; discouraging, disheartening, hopeless, unfavorable, unpromising, unpropitious; ill-fated, ill-starred, star-crossed, troubled, unfortunate, unlucky; evil, malign, malignantNear Antonyms auspicious, benign, bright, encouraging, favorable, golden, heartening, hopeful, promising, propitious, prosperousAntonyms unthreatening

  3. 3 involving potential loss or injury <threatening rocks lined that narrow stretch of the river through which we would be rafting> Synonyms grave, grievous, hazardous, jeopardizing, menacing, parlous, perilous, risky, serious, dangerous, unhealthy, unsafe, venturesomeRelated Words dicey, insecure, precarious, treacherous, uncertain; ultrahazardous; chance, haphazard, random; distressing, sickening, unpleasant; ugly, wicked; adverse, bad, baleful, baneful, deleterious, detrimental, evil, harmful, hurtful, ill, inimical, injurious, malignant, nasty, noxious, pernicious, pestilent; deadly, deathly, destructive, dire, fatal, fateful, fell, killer, lethal, mortal, murderousNear Antonyms advantageous, beneficial, good; ultrasafeAntonyms harmless, innocent, innocuous, nonhazardous, nonthreatening, safe, unthreatening





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